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Treehouse wins prestigious honor for its Graduation Success program

Treehouse is one of 13 honorees out of an original 1,400 nominees.

Treehouse, the Seattle nonprofit dedicated to helping kids in foster care, has won a prestigious honor.

Treehouse is one of 13 winners of the Classy Award for Social Innovation, announced Tuesday, Sept. 28. Treehouse was honored for its Graduation Success program for at-risk foster youth. It provides planning, coaching and resources to help kids finish high school and transition into independence.

The program works with, and supplements, the existing support system in each child’s life. Foster youth graduation rates in Washington topped 50% in 2020, and Treehouse aims to raise that to 90% by 2027.

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Treehouse was started by social workers 1988 and launched its Graduation Success program in 2013. It works with youths to help them determine their own path, build resilience and develop self-advocacy skills. In less than 10 years, the statewide foster care graduation rate has risen from 36.5% to 50.4%. And when students partner with Treehouse and can stay engaged through their senior year and beyond, their high school completion rate is 75%.

Graduation Success serves students in 46 Washington school districts but recently received additional funding from the state Legislature. Because of this, it will expand the program statewide by 2023.

Treehouse welcomes help and support from the community. That can include advocacy, monetary donations or shopping for wish-list items. It’s all explained right here. (However, because of the pandemic, donations of actual items cannot be accepted right now.)

More on the Treehouse honor

Classy is an online fundraising platform that enables nonprofits to connect supporters with the causes they care about. Its awards program is one of the largest social-impact awards in the country.

Winners were chosen from more than 1,400 programs. The honorees worked on issues ranging from food insecurity to health care, housing support services and urban agriculture. They worked in 11 states and 108 countries. In addition, they served more than 2.9 million people, donated more than 65 million pounds of food and provided in excess of $85.6 million of supplies.

Learn more about the honorees here.

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